News & Reports 2/22/10


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This week, we share abstracts for a few soon-to-be-published (March 2010) studies on physical activity during various life stages:

• Social-Cognitive Correlates of Physical Activity in a Multi-Ethnic Cohort of Middle-School Girls: Two-year Prospective Study  (Source:  Journal of Pediatric Psychology)  Outcomes from the nationwide Trials of Activity for Adolescent Girls study.

• National trends in self-reported physical activity and sedentary behaviors among pregnant women: NHANES 1999-2006 (Source:  Preventive Medicine)  Researchers in North Carolina analyzed national physical activity trends among women during pregnancy.

• Interventions to achieve long-term weight loss in obese older people: A systematic review and meta-analysis (Source:  Age and Aging)  Researchers analyzed seven studies of older adults to ascertain characteristics of successful weight loss interventions.

Do you have recommendations for future research directions?  How should physical activity research resources be allocated?